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Flag for US Minor Outlying Islands December 31, 2009 — Partial Lunar Eclipse — Howland Island, US Minor Outlying Islands

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Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 5:43 AM

Global Type: Partial Lunar Eclipse

Howland Island: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Began: Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 5:17 AM

Maximum: Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 5:43 AM

Ended: Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Duration: 4 hours, 11 minutes


December 31, 2009 — Partial Lunar Eclipse — Howland Island

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Animation: How the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Looked

A penumbral lunar eclipse can be a bit hard to see as the shadowed part is only a little bit fainter than the rest of the Moon.

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Phases and Local Times of this Eclipse

5:17 AM Dec 315:43 AM Dec 315:45 AM Dec 31
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Local times for eclipse in Howland Island on Thursday, December 31, 2009

EventTime in Howland IslandDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Penumbral Eclipse beginsDec 31 at 5:17:09 AM294°West-northwest5.8°
The Earth's penumbra start touching the Moon's face.
Moon close to horizon, so make sure you have free sight to West-northwest.
Maximal Eclipse visible in Howland IslandDec 31 at 5:43:31 AM294°West-northwest0.4°
The maximum part of the eclipse occurs when the Moon is close under the horizon. The best time to view the eclipse in Howland Island would be around this time.
Since the Moon is near the horizon at this time, we recommend going to a high point or finding an unobstructed area with free sight to West-northwest for the best view of the eclipse.
MoonsetDec 31 at 5:45:50 AM294°West-northwest0.0° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Partial Eclipse beginsDec 31 at 6:52:45 AM295°West-northwest15.1° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Maximum EclipseDec 31 at 7:22:42 AM296°West-northwest21.6° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Partial Eclipse endsDec 31 at 7:52:41 AM298°West-northwest27.9° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Penumbral Eclipse endsDec 31 at 9:28:14 AM307°Northwest47.3° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Times are local for Howland Island (AoE – Anywhere on Earth).

This eclipse is in progress during moonrise or moonset, so only parts of the eclipse are visible in Howland Island.

The animation's bottom edge represents an ideal, flat horizon, which is at the same altitude as the observer.

Eclipses and Transits Visible in Howland Island

Eclipse Visibility From Howland IslandVisibility Worldwide
YearDateTypeDegreeLooks LikeMax DegreePath of the Eclipse
2000Jan 20LunarPartial
2000Jul 15 / Jul 16LunarTotal
2001Jul 5LunarPartial
2001Dec 14SolarPartial
2001Dec 29 / Dec 30LunarPenumbral
2002May 25 / May 26LunarPenumbral
2002Jun 10SolarPartial
2003May 6MercuryTransit
2004Jun 7VenusTransit
2004Oct 13SolarPartial
2005Apr 23LunarPenumbral
2005Oct 16 / Oct 17LunarPartial
2006Sep 7LunarPenumbral
2006Nov 8MercuryTransit
2007Aug 27 / Aug 28LunarTotal
2009Feb 9LunarPenumbral
2009Jul 6LunarPenumbral
2009Jul 21SolarPartial
2009Dec 31LunarPenumbral
Note: Click on the date link for details in Howland Island, or the path map image for global details. Currently shown eclipse is highlighted.

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